How to protect yourself, each other and the NHS

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly

Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

Visit the GOV.UK website to view FAQs on what you can or can't do


It is still very important that people stay home unless necessary to go out for specific reasons set out in law. These include:

  • for work, where you cannot work from home
  • going to shops that are permitted to be open – to get things like food and medicine, and to collect goods ordered online or on the phone
  • to exercise or spend time outdoors for recreation
  • any medical need, to donate blood, avoid injury or illness, escape risk of harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.

Visit the GOV.UK website for guidance on social distancing

The government has issued certain principles for us all to follow to ensure that time spent outside your home is as safe as possible.

Visit GOV.UK website for guidance on staying safe outside your home.

Do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital if you think you might have coronavirus. Stay at home.

Use the NHS 111 online service if you have the following:

  • a high temperature
    this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough
    this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
    this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

If you or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus you will usually be advised to not leave your home for at least 7 days. Anyone you live with should not leave your home for 14 days.

This is called self-isolation, and it is done to protect others.

For more information on what you need to do when self-isolating please visit the NHS website.

Anyone in Telford and Wrekin who tests positive for Coronavirus will need to share information with NHS Test and Trace about people they have recently been in contact with.

People identified by NHS Test and Trace will need to stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms - in order to stop unwittingly spreading the virus.

Those in isolation who develop symptoms should book a test online or by calling 119. If they test positive, they must continue to stay at home for seven days or until their symptoms have passed. If they test negative, they must continue and complete the 14 day isolation period as they still may develop symptoms.

Members of households with people identified as having contact with a positive case will not have to stay at home unless the person identified develops symptoms - at which point they must also self-isolate for 14 days.

More information about how test and trace works is available on the NHS website.

Why you should stay at home

How to wash your hands